Long service awards for local police

The awards were presented by Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary George Graham.
The awards were presented by Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary George Graham.

Northern Constabulary’s new Chief Constable George Graham handed out his first series of Long Service and Good Conduct medals since taking the helm back in April.

On Monday (9 May 2011) the Chief Constable carried out the presentation to his officers at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway.

He was joined at the ceremony by Central Divisional Commander, Superintendent John Macdonald and Convener of the Northern Joint Police Board, Norman M MacLeod.

One of the officers who received the prestigious award was Western Isles Area Commander, Chief Inspector Gordon MacLeod.

Chief Inspector MacLeod, 41, has over 21 years Police Service. He has served in Inverness, Portree, Kyle, Lochcarron, Broadford, Tarbert, Stornoway, Aviemore, Nairn, and Headquarters. Both he and his wife have family ties in the islands and Gordon has served at all ranks in Lewis and Harris at various times. He has been the Area Commander for the last two years.

He is married to Gillian and they have four girls: Rebekah, 13, Hannah, 9, Ruth, 7 and Bethany, 3.

Detective Constable Murdo Smith also received his Long Service and Good Conduct medal from the Chief Constable. Murdo is 46 and has over 22 years Police Service. His career has seen him serve in Aviemore, a lengthy tenure in Lochinver as one of the two village officers (at that time) and Stornoway, where he is currently a Detective Constable in the Crime Management Unit.

Murdo is a native of the island, having been brought up in the Ness district of Lewis. His wife is called Anne and he has four children, Allan, 21, Daniel, 19, Joannna, 10, and Mairi, 4.

The next award went to Sergeant Donald Smith. Donnie is 41 and has over 21 years Police Service. He has been stationed at Nairn, Glencoe, Portree, Mallaig, and now Stornoway, where he has been since approximately 2006. Another native islander, he is originally from the island of Scalpay, off Harris.

Stornoway Sergeant Roderick MacKay also received his medal from the Chief Constable. Roddy is 45 and has over 23 years Police Service. The early part of his service was in Dingwall, Ullapool, Lochcarron/Kishorn, Fort William, Strontian, Mallaig. For the last few years he has worked in Lewis, firstly as the village officer in Balallan and latterly as the Community Safety Sergeant for the Western Isles. He is married to Janice and they have two children, Ruairidh, 13, and Annabel, 11.

Also honoured at the event was Constable Alasdair MacRae. Alasdair is 44 and has over 24 years Police Service. Prior to Stornoway, he served in Lerwick, Headquarters, Scalloway, Brae, Alness and Dornoch. He was a Detective officer for many years and has worked both in uniform and CID in Stornoway. His wife’s name is Geraldine and they have two children, Stewart, 14, and Emma, 12.